Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  Dr. Dennis Grevenstein
Raum: F 109
Tel: +49 (0) 6221-54-7318
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-54-7745
Sprechstunde: n. V.


Research Interests

  • Social cognition: implicit processes; evaluative priming

  • Personality and health: salutogenic resources; substance use and abuse.

  • Psychodiagnostics and methods: longitudinal data analysis; scale development and evaluation




  • Aguilar-Raab, C., Grevenstein, D., Gotthardt, L., Jarczok, M. N., Hunger, C., Ditzen, B. & Schweitzer, J. (in press). Changing me, changing us: Relationship quality and collective efficacy as major outcomes in systemic couple therapy. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12302

  • Grevenstein, D., Aguilar-Raab, C., & Bluemke, M. (in press). Mindful and resilient? Incremental validity of sense of coherence over mindfulness and Big Five personality factors for quality of life outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10902-017-9901-y
  • Grevenstein, D., & Bluemke, M. (in press). Longitudinal factor analysis and measurement invariance of sense of coherence and general self-efficacy in adolescence. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000294

  • Nagy, E., Verres, R., & Grevenstein, D. (in press). Risk competence in dealing with alcohol and other drugs in adolescence. Substance Use & Misuse. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1318149


  • Bluemke, M., Jong, J., Grevenstein, D., Mikloušić, I., Halberstadt, J. (2016). Measuring cross-cultural supernatural beliefs with self- and peer-reports. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164291. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164291

  • Grevenstein, D., Aguilar-Raab, C., Schweitzer, J., & Bluemke, M. (2016). Through the tunnel, to the light: Why sense of coherence covers and exceeds resilience, optimism, and self-compassion. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 208-217. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.001

  • Grevenstein, D., & Bluemke, M. (2016). Who’s afraid of death and terrorists? Investigating moderating effects of sense of coherence, mindfulness, neuroticism, and meaning in life on mortality salience. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 13(1), 3.

  • Grevenstein, D., Bluemke, M., & Kroeninger-Jungaberle, H. (2016). Incremental validity of sense of coherence, neuroticism, extraversion, and general self-efficacy: Longitudinal prediction of substance use frequency and mental health. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14, 9. doi: 10.1186/s12955-016-0412-z 


  • Aguilar-Raab, C., Grevenstein, D., & Schweitzer, J. (2015). Measuring social relationships in different social systems: The construction and validation of the Evaluation of Social Systems (EVOS) Scale. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0133442. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133442

  • Aguilar-Raab, C., Heene, M., Grevenstein, D., & Weinhold, J. (2015). Assessing drug consumption behavior with the Heidelberger Drogenbogen (Heidelberg Drug Scales): Reliabilities, validities and cut-off criteria. Substance Use & Misuse, 50, 1638-1649. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1027926

  • Aguilar-Raab, C., Heene, M., Grevenstein, D., & Weinhold, J. (2015) Assessing drug-specific knowledge as a protective factor in illicit substance use: The Heidelberger Drogenbogen (Heidelberg drug scales – HDB). Journal of Substance Use, 20, 424-429. doi: 10.3109/14659891.2014.942400

  • Grevenstein, D., & Bluemke, M. (2015). Can the Big Five explain the criterion validity of sense of coherence for mental health, life satisfaction, and personal distress? Personality and Individual Differences, 77, 106-111. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.053

  • Grevenstein, D., & Kröninger-Jungaberle, H. (2015). Two patterns of cannabis use among adolescents: Results of a 10-year prospective study using a growth mixture model. Substance Abuse, 36, 85-89. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2013.879978

  • Grevenstein, D., Nagy, E., & Kroeninger-Jungaberle, H. (2015). Development of risk perception and substance use of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis among adolescents and emerging adults: Evidence of directional influences. Substance Use & Misuse, 50, 376-386. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2014.984847

  • Wippermann, C. E. M., Grevenstein, D., Nagy, E., Neubert, J. C., Verres, R., & Kröninger-Jungaberle, H. (2015). 10-Jahres-Längsschnittstudie des Sense of Coherence und Konsum psychoaktiver Substanzen bei Jugendlichen. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 23, 31-42. doi: 10.1026/0943-8149/a000133


  • Grevenstein, D., Bluemke, M., Nagy, E., Wippermann, C. E. M., & Kroeninger-Jungaberle, H. (2014). Sense of coherence and substance use: Examining mutual influences. Personality and Individual Differences, 64, 52-57. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.02.017


  • Kröninger-Jungaberle, H., & Grevenstein, D. (2013). Development of salutogenetic factors in mental health - Antonovsky’s sense of coherence and Bandura’s self-efficacy related to Derogatis’ symptom check list (SCL-90-R). Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 80. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-11-80


Conference contributions

  • Schnepf, J., Mennekes, D., Fiedler, K., Grevenstein, D. (2017, March). Living is judging. How relevance of evaluation affects evaluative priming effects. Presentation at „TeaP 2017: 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists“, Dresden, Germany.

  • Aguilar-Raab C., Grevenstein D., & Schweitzer J. (2015, June). Increased quality of relationship between members of social systems relieves individual suffering: Mediation analysis of systemic couple therapy outcome. Presentation at „46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research“, Philadelphia, USA.

  • Aguilar-Raab C., Gotthardt L., Steffens-Guerra I., Grevenstein D., & Schweitzer J. (2015, March). Two views of the outcome of brief couple therapy: clients and therapists ratings of 'systems quality'. Presentation at „Deutscher Kongress für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie“, Berlin, Germany.

  • Wippermann, C. E. M., Jungaberle, H., Grevenstein, D., Nagy, E., Müller, J. C., & Verres, R. (2012, September). Kohärenzsinn und Drogengebrauch bei Jugendlichen – Ergebnisse der zehnjährigen RISA-Längsschnittstudie. Presentation at „19. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Psychologie (DGMP)“, Heidelberg, Germany.



  • SS 2016  seminar "self-regulation: a research howto" (FOV)

  • SS 2016  empirical research seminar

  • WS 2015/16  empirical research seminar

  • WS 2014/15  seminar „Medical Psychology“

  • SS 2014  exercise „Medical Psychology“

  • WS 2013/14  seminar „Medical Psychology“

  • SS 2013  exercise „Medical Psychology“


Reviewing service

  • Addictive Behaviors
  • BMC Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
  • Journal of Happiness Studies
  • Journal of Health Psychology
  • Journal of Mental Health
  • Journal of Neurology and Neurological Disorders
  • Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
  • Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • PLoS ONE
  • Quality of Life Research
  • Renal Failure
  • Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substance Use & Misuse

Academic career

  • since april 2015: University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2013-2015: Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg, Germany